No Structure Spared in Geiger Tornado

The tiny town of Geiger has been rocked to its core. All 170 residents were affected by an EF-2 tornado that either damaged or destroyed over 100 structures.

Two churches were demolished, and another was severely damaged.

On both sides of Highway 17, for almost a mile, damaged house after house is a clear indication of the horror.

"I felt the trailer rocking, or whatever. So, we ran and got in the bathtub on this end right here. When I woke up, I landed right over there on that pile of sheet rock right there," said Latasha Mayhew.

"The house top is off, and if you see where I was with my baby, that roof has not been touched," said Doris Little.

"Some of them have insurance and some of them don't," said Geiger Mayor Michael Cunningham. "So, hopefully we can get them some help somewhere."

Sumter County Emergency Management director, Margaret Bishop Gully, says federal inspectors are assessing the damage. After that is done, she says residents will be able to find out how much assistance will be available.

In the meantime, Mayor Cunningham says the city is committed to doing whatever it can to help.

"As long as it takes, we're going to be here for them," he said.


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  • by Eastwood Location: Ashford on May 15, 2011 at 03:23 PM
    Been There for A week... Home For A Break..( one day ) Be Bak monday Morning... 5/16/2011 .... Can only do what FEMA let's us do...But, We will clean up as much as we can !!!!
  • by Harlow Pinson Location: New Mexico on May 3, 2011 at 08:41 AM
    I am so sorry to hear this. My father was William Pinson, Geiger Pinson's cousin. Very, very sad. Prayers for all who were affected.
  • by Carol Watt Location: Geiger,AL on Apr 26, 2011 at 06:44 AM
    We have been denied federal assistance, please continue to get the word and PICTURES out, we need help in GEIGER ALABAMA
  • by Peabody Location: Valley Road on Apr 19, 2011 at 07:39 AM
    If this was some thirld world country we would already have troops on the ground.
  • by gospeljamdj Location: York on Apr 18, 2011 at 06:31 PM
    Thanks for the coverage of Geiger, AL. The residents were wondering if the word was getting out that their town had been destroyed. Without electricity, they just didn't know if help was on the way. Thanks for including the Red Cross Story and their assistance with their decision to move from Panola a few miles up the road and re-locate to where their services are most needed. I will forward a copy of my comment to GMA and other news outlets. News reporter Andrea Williams really revealed the reality of a true devastation of an entire town. I will forward my comments to Gray Television, Atlanta, GA and Dothan, AL. Again thanks and great reporting on Geiger and the Red Cross. Gospel "JAM" DJ, Anita Larkin
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